So the Mueller Report has been turned in and it's got a little something for every side to cheer and/or bemoan. This should be no surprise -- muddles are something politics and government both do very well -- but the pundits are all making hay of it while the haymaking is good, hammer and tongs and sharp words and cash that check from Fox or NBC or WaPo quickly, while the story's still in progress.
Because people will become bored by the details, no matter how juicy.
Americans like to believe their Presidents are something special -- especially bad, especially good, and quite often, both especially clever and especially stupid at the same time. Heaven forbid he should merely be mentally normal and roughly as moral as politicians in general, muddling his way from one crisis to the next. Oh, no, we hear, Pearl Harbor cannot possibly have come as a surprise to FDR and Dick Nixon probably had a 1000-year Imperial Presidency up his sleeve, not just the next election. And so on, at James-Bond-film levels of intrigue, and on and on. If you like a President, they're a genius of benevolence; if you don't, they're idiots -- but idiot-savants when it comes Doing Bad Stuff.
These extremes strike me as doubtful. The smart money is on "muddle." There's an unlimited supply.
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